BCHL Playoffs – Round 1 – Mainland – Chiefs, Spruce Kings advance

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March 11, 2019

The first round of the BCHL playoffs is now complete.

There were two big upsets – almost three – in the round, with six favorites eventually advancing.

Here’s how things went in the two Mainland division series.

Mainland Division

Series 1: Chilliwack 4-3

In the Mainland Division, the #1 ranked Chilliwack Chiefs, had to pull a rabbit out of the hat to defeat #4 Langley Rivermen, after going down 3-0, and having to rally with four straight to advance to Round 2.

All but one game was decided by a single goal, two games went to OT.

Game #: Visitor – Home

Game 1: Langley 5 – Chilliwack 4

Game 2: Langley 3 – Chilliwack 2 (OT2)

Game 3: Chilliwack 0 – Langley 5

Game 4: Chilliwack 2 – Langley 1

Game 5: Langley 1 – Chilliwack 2

Game 6: Chilliwack 3 – Langley 2 (OT1)

Game 7: Langley 2 – Chilliwack 3

Notable: 

Chilliwack were led offensively by two USA 99s, Cole Donhaser (Kenmore, NY) was 3G-2A, while Skyler Brind’Amour (Raleigh, NC) was 2G-3A.

The Chief’s Daniel Chenard (99, Waterloo, Ontario) played all seven games in net, posting a 2.39 GGA and a .926 save percentage.

Mark Gallant of the Rivermen (00, Concord, MA) scored 8G-1A, while Ethan Leyh (01, Port Moody) was 2G-6A, and Alec Capstick (99, Langley) was 1G-7A to lead Langley.

 

Series 2: PG – 4-1

There wasn’t as much drama in the #2 Prince George Spruce Kings vs #3 Coquitlam Mainland series.

PG prevailed in five games.

Game #: Visitor – Home

Game 1:  Coquitlam 1 – PG 3

Game 2: Coquitlam 2 – PG 3 (OT1)

Game 3: PG 5 – Coquitlam 2

Game 4: PG 0 – Coquitlam 3

Game 5: Coquitlam 2 – PG 4

The Kings will now meet the Chiefs, with game 1 getting underway Frida, at 7:00 PM in Chilliwack.

Notable:

Ben Poisson (99, Vancouver) lead the Spruce Kings offensively with 3G-4A. Chong Min Lee (99, Port Coquitlam) was 2G-3A, and Lucas Vanroboys (99, Thamesville, ON) was 1G-4A.

Logan Neaton (99, Brighton, MI ) went the distance for the Spruce Kings, posting a 1.89 GGA and a .932 save percentage.

 

The winner of the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup as league champion will move on to face the Alberta Junior Hockey League champion in the best-of-seven Doyle Cup. The Doyle Cup begins on April 26.

The National Junior A Championship (formerly Royal Bank Cup), will be held in Brooks, Alberta, beginning May 11.

 

Final Standings

BCHL 2018-2018 Regular season records

GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM PIM
1 xy – Victoria Grizzlies 58 36 18 0 4 76 3 231 188 43 0.655 628
2 x – Powell River Kings 58 34 21 2 1 71 1 217 180 37 0.612 694
3 x – Nanaimo Clippers 58 27 30 1 0 55 6 180 213 -33 0.474 750
4 x – Alberni Valley Bulldogs 58 21 34 3 0 45 3 156 199 -43 0.388 679
5 x – Cowichan Valley Capitals 58 17 35 5 1 40 1 159 220 -61 0.345 942
Mainland GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM
1 xyz – Chilliwack Chiefs 58 42 15 1 0 85 4 209 169 40 0.733 726
2 x – Prince George Spruce Kings 58 39 13 1 5 84 2 181 120 61 0.724 536
3 x – Coquitlam Express 58 28 24 3 3 62 3 209 198 11 0.534 640
4 x – Langley Rivermen 58 27 27 2 2 58 1 167 173 -6 0.5 795
5 Surrey Eagles 58 13 41 2 2 30 2 143 259 -116 0.259 761
Interio
GP W L OTL SOL PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT PIM PIM
1 xy – Penticton Vees 58 37 16 3 2 79 2 200 143 57 0.681 617
2 x – Merritt Centennials 58 36 15 4 3 79 5 220 182 38 0.681 817
3 x – Wenatchee Wild 58 32 20 2 4 70 5 202 170 32 0.603 549
4 x – Vernon Vipers 58 26 21 8 3 63 2 166 160 6 0.543 659
5 x – Salmon Arm Silverbacks 58 27 26 4 1 59 4 170 203 -33 0.509 713
6 x – West Kelowna Warriors 58 28 28 1 1 58 3 210 220 -10 0.500 669
7 x – Trail Smoke Eaters 58 23 24 8 3 57 3 184 207 -23 0.491 664